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What Type of Pictures Do Model Agencies Want?

What Type of Pictures Do Model Agencies Want?

If you are truly passionate about modeling and want to impress a modeling agency, the best way to do it is undoubted to submit the best photos. We reveal some important advice on photos model agencies are looking out for and some guidelines for you to follow.

Simplicity is not dullness

Contrary to what may be your instinctive idea, model agencies are not looking out for extraordinary photos or fancy clothes! This may actually work against you. Firstly, the agency might think you are an inflexible person who is only interested in a particular style of fashion and modeling. They may also perceive your effort as arrogance. Agencies are looking for fresh material they can mold and most importantly a humble person they can cooperate and work with. No agency wants to sign someone who they feel might be difficult to work in harmony with.

Therefore, always submit photos with simple clothes and minimal makeup. Solid, dark colors such as maroon and blue would prevent too much distraction and focus the attention on you, your body and facial features more in the photograph.

Avoid distraction

Avoid too much clutter and photo noise in the background. Your background should be as simple as it can be. Remember that model agencies are looking out for YOU and not anyone else, so only you should be in your photographs, and if all else fails, find a simple white wall, and use it as your background.

No edits

Modeling agencies are filled with staff and personnel who are photoshop gurus because of the nature of the industry. They will spot your edit on a photo from miles away. So don’t try your luck with Photoshop or any other software. No editing should be necessary for you to look good on a photo in any case. Moreover, if you do edit and get called for an interview, imagine the disappointment that you will be giving the agency on your first day itself. The best way is to go natural and be known for your authentic look and confident personality. A credible agency will have the creative brains to imagine you with the makeup and clothes of varying degrees and complexities without you physically wearing them.

Social media

If you are truly interested in modeling and want to dedicate your life to it, how you post on social media matters a lot too. Model agencies are usually online and digitally savvy to keep their agency relevant with the times. They are likely to do some background research on you if they are interested in you. That said; don’t be posting studio quality shots or photos online. Model agencies don’t want you to be portraying your social life like a professional job network. Post casual photographs and selfies that show that you can look good without putting in too much effort. Show that you know how to have a good time and have a vibrant personality.

So there you have it, the top qualities in photographs agencies …

A Guide For The Plant Location

A Guide For The Plant Location

One recent and most talked about example of the problem related to “Plant Location.”:

Tata’s Nano Singur plant, has come under fire from farmers and villagers for forceful acquisition of agricultural land . This plant was established in Singur but due to opposition by a political party , they suspended work at Singur plant – in which they invested $350m and shifted their whole plant to Sanand, Gujrat.

Tata Motors, such a huge company, faced a problem regarding its plant location. It has a huge capital base and such a reputation that they can purchase any land anywhere so have you ever thought that why they first picked SINGUR for their factory and now Sanand? And why actually they faced the problem ?

So following is the explanation for the same.

Plant location is the location where an industry wants to start its operations. It is the selection of suitable location or site .Various types of industries needs to consider various factors in this respect. If the industry is engaged in “heavy manufacturing ” i.e. these are the industries which are relatively large and requires a lot of space. And as a result, they are expensive to construct. Important factors in the location decision for these plants are construction cost, modes of transportation , means of waste disposal and labour availability. And if it is a “light industry” i.e. the industry which is engaged in producing electronic equipment and components, parts etc .These type of industry doesn’t require large storage capacity, so for them proximity to customer is important. And if the industry is warehouse or distribution centre , then they just require huge space .in addition to all the defined factors.

So we can summarize their selection criteria in following ways

o Government regulations (Excise duties, taxes )

o Labour(availability , cost and unions)

o Proximity to customers

o Construction cost

o Availability of land

o Environmental regulations

o Climate

o Raw material availability

o Transportation cost

o Topography of land (i.e. basic characteristic of land)

In addition to all these factors, if companies tries to locate a industry beyond national borders, then they have to consider following factors also i.e.

o Government stability

o Political and Economic systems

o Exchange rates

o Culture

o Export and import regulations

o Available technology

But for the selection of one of the most favorable location for the plant, a search team is hired for site selection for different facilities and this evaluation process requires large amount of data and information relative to different location factors. Various location analysis techniques have been established for the selection of location. Following are the cost oriented location analysis techniques that can be used for identifying the plant site from the available set of sites

o Dimensional analysis : In this technique, relative merit of different cost are considered for identifying the facility location.

o Brown and Gibson model : This model considers critical, objective and subjective factors for the evaluation of sites.

o Factor rating …

Porter’s Four Corners Revisited

Porter’s Four Corners Revisited

Michael Porter’s Four Corners Model is a great tool that is used for better clarity of competitive intelligence (CI), as compared to a SWOT Analysis. Although the Four Corners Model has been around for some time, it is just beginning to become accepted as the go to method of forecasting the competitions next moves. As part of any great CI analysis process, using the Four Corners Model will allow companies to get actionable data on the direction that their competition is headed. This is an advantage over the widely adopted model of the snapshot or static view that can be provided by a SWOT analysis; competitor’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

By tying the capabilities of a competitor to their underlying motivations for business success, the Four Corners Model is able provide the necessary and actionable CI information with remarkable success. Unlike the SWOT analysis that only gives you snapshot, albeit a very valuable glimpse, the Four Corners Model is able to give a trend or predictive value of your competition’s possible course of action. Drawing the data and analysis from financial goals, company culture, past business philosophies, current organizational structure, and all of the other relevant CI sources, the model is able to trend the competitor’s strengths, weaknesses, perceived culture, values, and assumptions on their current goals.

By looking at the motivations, capabilities, and assumptions, the Four Corner’s Model for CI analysis can provide organizations with actionable predictions of the future actions or reactions of one or more of their competitors. The accuracy of these predictions depend on the overall quality of data that is put into the analysis, as well as the volume of data. As with any analysis, the key component to accuracy of the end product, is the accuracy of the input data. Using the Four Corner’s Model in combination with the SWOT analysis and a range of other CI analysis tools will give the best results, and provide your company with a range of actionable data regarding your competitors.

Working to develop a competitive intelligence process that includes the Four Corner’s Model will ensure that you have at least one predictive tool available. While it is great to know what your competition is doing at the present moment, it is even more valuable to have an idea of what they are going to do next, and how they would/will react in the future. It is important to iterate often with your CI process, so that you can have the very best actionable information when you need it to make the most educated decisions.…

A Short Review of Bernina 1010 – A Basic Sewing Machine

A Short Review of Bernina 1010 – A Basic Sewing Machine

Bernina has always been trusted by its clients when it comes to producing sewing machines. And they’re right for doing so, because Bernina deserves the trust. This comes because their products are always high quality, easy to use, integrated and best of all, affordable. If you are currently looking forward to buying a suitable machine, turn your eyes on Bernina’s 1010 model which will probably be perfect for you. It is mostly suitable for non-experts of sewing, in other words, beginners because of its simplicity but even if you are a professional sewer, it will suit you too because it will help you design and sew your perfect piece of clothing.

This model has many advantages included when purchasing it. First of all, it has sixteen built in stitches, including design stitches, stretch and utility ones too. It also has a hopping foot, all parts made of metal which are hard to be broken or damaged, five different needle positions and it also features a 100 meter bobbin. Some features, such as the 16 stitches can be considered as disadvantages, but that’s not necessarily true. Users who reviewed this model said that the fact that it only has 16 stitches makes it a basic model which will always be reliable. And this is so true!

To sum up all that has been said, Bernina 1010 is a very nice model of Bernina’s sewing machines, which has basic functions but as a result, it can perfectly fit beginners. It has simple features, including 16 stitch options and a free-arm, but it also has an affordable price. So all I can say is that if you are planning on buying a new sewing machine for yourself or your business, make sure to consider Bernina 1010 as a possible option, it will definitely not let you down! Best of luck!…

Tips For Building a Capacity Planning Model For a Pharmaceutical Testing Laboratory

Tips For Building a Capacity Planning Model For a Pharmaceutical Testing Laboratory

Are you looking to develop a capacity plan model for a pharmaceutical testing lab? Here are some things to consider using a pharmaceutical QA/QC laboratory supporting a manufacturing facility as an example.

First, consider your minimum testing load based on manufacturing forecasts. Each batch of drug product will require a minimum number of tests before, during, and after manufacturing including:

  • Testing of raw materials used in the process
  • Testing to ensure process equipment is clean
  • In-process testing to ensure process is performing within specifications
  • Final product testing for release to market
  • Product stability testing (as required for some batches)

For each one of those areas you would need to model the number of samples required, the time it takes to analyze the samples, and the time it takes to get the results approved. The time it takes to get the results approved can be rate-limiting, so don’t ignore it.

Now, if every process performed perfectly every time, that’s basically all you would need. But they won’t run perfectly; there will be problems ranging from simple analyst errors to unexplainable out-of-specification (OOS) results.

Errors and OOS results require formal documented investigations that can be quite time-consuming. Some products are more problematic than others and have more associated investigations. So you want to understand the history of each product and plan for the resources and time required for investigations in your model.

Next, pharmaceutical manufacturing processes need to be validated. Process validation is “establishing, through documented evidence, a high degree of assurance that a specific process will consistently produce a product that meets its predetermined specifications and quality characteristics.” Any new processes will have to be validated and established processes are normally revalidated periodically as specified in the facility’s “Master Validation Plan.” Process validations often require enormous amounts of analytical resources to handle the validation sample load, and these resources compete with routine testing, so you will want to plan for validations in your model.

Finally, you should consider the introduction of new or changed processes and new products to the plant. These are also huge consumers of analytical resources as they include activities such as analytical method development, method transfer, and method validation in addition to the support and testing of “scale-up,” demonstration, and validation batches. These batches also will have long-term and accelerated stability samples associated with them. Also, since they are new processes, they will generally have more investigations associated with them.

Remember, a pharmaceutical process produces two products: the drug product and the paperwork documenting the manufacturing and testing. A manufactured batch of drug product without the proper paperwork is worthless because it cannot be released to the market. I want to emphasize that the preparation and approval of the documentation can be very time-consuming, so it is critical that you map these processes and include them in your model.…

Some Tricky Job Interview Questions and Their Expert Model Answers

Some Tricky Job Interview Questions and Their Expert Model Answers

Here are some great job interview questions and their model answers.

How would you describe yourself as a person?

Two parts to this answer, the work related person and the person outside of work. For the work related person this is part of your personal pitch and should closely reflect that statement. Everyone will have a different personal statement that you need to memorise. These are all soft skills. Here are some examples which you can use to impress the interviewer. Soft skills such as communication skills, team-work, enthusiasm, professionalism and perseverance will cover all the bases. Additionally add what you are like as a person outside of work. Start the statement with a 3rd party endorsement it sounds better even if the question is how you would describe yourself.

I think work colleagues would say I am a hard working, enthusiastic team-player. Someone willing to overcome obstacles and persevere until a job is done well and professionally. They would say I have a solid knowledge base and I am delivery focused and an ambitious achiever. Outside of work I am very similar in with enthusiasm and positiveness with a wide range of friends and interests.

Often it is not what you say but how you say it that counts. When you state the above make sure you smile and say it with enthusiasm and cheeriness. It will reinforce the impression the interviewer sees!

What additional qualifications have you taken in the past years to better your skills?

Bit of an unexpected question but don’t just answer ‘none’. List any training, membership of professional organisations, formal qualifications and even things like focus groups. The interviewer is looking for an answer that shows ambition, awareness of the needs for continual improvement and commitment.

Have you ever lost your temper at work?

”Never”…but don’t say it like this in a one word answer. Soften the harshness of the reply by saying…’ Fortunately I don’t recall ever having to lose my temper.” Don’t try to elaborate it may make you sound as if you are hiding something. Talking endlessly to fill silence does not look good and comes across as untrustworthy. Also again notice how to avoid using the word NO or NEVER, the sound negative and needs to be avoided.

Have you ever come close to losing your temper?

Need to tread a bit more carefully. You would not be human if you didn’t get angry inside. Play down the answer. It is bordering on negative territory so try to close the question off.

”There are times when like everyone I have been frustrated and annoyed. But I like to maintain a professional approach to all such situations. Fortunately I have never lost my temper.

Have you ever lost your temper outside of work?

”Fortunately not recently, but I can get irate like anyone when I see injustice or unfairness.” Important to keep this line of questioning brief. Also it would be unnatural to deny you have ever lost your temper outside …

What Is Inside a Model Rocket Engine?

What Is Inside a Model Rocket Engine?

Before we even begin to explain what is inside a model rocket engine, it must be stressed that you should never try to disassemble one, because they contain a propellant that is highly flammable and, once that propellant has been removed from the engine casing, it can be very easily ignited.

It is also not advisable for anyone to try to make their own engines, unless they are 100% sure that they know what they are doing. Some expert enthusiasts do make their own rockets and engines, but it is much safer for the amateur to stick with mass-produced model rocket kits and engines.

In the early days, before Vern Estes invented Mable, the very first machine for mass producing model rocket engines, early enthusiasts made their own motors, which led quite a lot of accidents, some of which were fatal. Fortunately, today, engines for model rockets are widely available and they are very affordable.

The most common type of propulsion unit is the single-use, solid propellant type of motor. Here are the components of a standard model rocket engine.

Casing

The casing is a simple tube made out of strong cardboard. Cardboard is used because it is cheap, strong and it is lightweight.

Nozzle

At the rear end of an engine, you will find the nozzle, which is usually made of clay or a ceramic material. The nozzle compresses the hot exhaust gasses as they are powered through it by the propellant, and that is what creates the thrust that will lift the rocket off the ground. Clay or ceramics are used for the nozzle, so that it can withstand the high temperature of the exhaust gasses.

Propellant

In most standard rocket motors, the propellant that is used is black powder. When the propellant is ignited by electric igniter, or starter, it burns from the bottom up, expelling the thrust-creating exhaust. Black powder is made from sulphur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. In the larger types of engines, a composite propellant is used, which is usually made of ammonium perchlorate, aluminium powder and a rubber-like binding material.

Delay Charge

Once the propellant has been used up, the delay charge, which is situated immediately on top of the propellant, will be ignited. At this point in the flight a model rocket will just be coasting and the delay charge will be emitting smoke and flame, but it will not be creating any thrust. The length of time that the delay charge burns will be about 3 to 8 seconds.

Ejection charge

Once the delay charge has burned through to the top, it will ignite the ejection charge. The ejection charge is what will blow the nose cone off of the top of the casing and then the recovery system will be deployed, which is usually a parachute. When the ejection charge ignites, hot gasses are expelled, which is why recovery wadding is used to protect the recovery system from damage.

A modern model rocket engine is perfectly safe to handle and …

The History of Mustang Jeans

The History of Mustang Jeans

Mustang is one of the most popular trademarks all over the world and biggest manufacturer of customized jeans. This brand has a total look strategy and also produces denim and leather jackets, skirts and dresses, pullovers, underwear, shoes, accessories and perfume. Mustang creations are preferred and worn by many celebrities, for instance, John Bon Jovi, Scorpions and Bjork.

The history of the brand began in 1932 when a factory was established by Luis Hermann to manufacture uniforms for workers. However, postwar Germany was in ruins and nobody was interested in the development of textile industry. The new life of the brand started in 1949, when the new company’s owner, Albert Zefranek made up his mind to start manufacturing jeans. This decision was revolutionary, because until then denim industry was a fiefdom of Americans. The first jeans sewn by Mustang were the spitting image of original custom jeans made in the USA. The next step Mr. Zefranek made was the improvement of his production range. 1953 he presented the first model of jeans created specially for women and in 1955 he experimented with velvet jeans. 1958 is the year when the name of the new trademark – Mustang – appeared. From now on jeans are made of quality American denim in Germany.

In 1961 Albert Zefranek was the first one to create stretch jeans. And he was in the right place at the right time, for in the end of the 60s jeans era started. Jeans became a symbol of new generation and new lifestyle. Advertising campaigns of Mustang brand demonstrate seminude beauties, responding to triumphant march of sexual revolution.

In 1980 jeans by Mustang can already defy competition with American brands Levi’s and Wrangler on domestic market. Besides, one forth of the productions is from now on exported to Austria, Switzerland, Holland, France and Scandinavian countries. The brand’s collection was divided into three themes: “Fashion”, “Basics” and “Modern Classics”. Yuppies of the 80s put velvet jeans out of fashion, delivering a considerable stroke to the company, an essential part of which was concentrated on manufacturing velvet. However, this occasion helps Albert Zefranek to focus on classical custom jeans models. He starts to cooperate with Italian designers. And famous couturiers start to show interest for customized denim.

In 1990 the son of Albert Zefranek, Heiner, becomes the owner of Mustang brand. He inherits the helm of his father and makes the trademark even more successful all over the world. Today it is an international brand which manufactures 20 000 pairs of jeans a day and combines classics with the most innovative ideas in fashion. Mustang makes denim clothes for those who want to reveal their lifestyle and emotions in their look. The company’s slogan “Genuine style will never die” speaks for itself.…

The Benefits of Using a Daily Deal Aggregator

The Benefits of Using a Daily Deal Aggregator

Everyone like a deal. The bigger the discount the more we like them. Coupons and coupon sites have been around for years but with the advent of the “Daily Deal” model brought to us by Groupon, the landscape has changed and become much more interesting. With this revolutionary idea came the competition and now there are hundreds of deal sites focusing on both national and local deals. The question is: how to make sure you don’t miss the deals you want without spending time searching out all the local sites and spending hours sifting through daily deal emails. Enter the daily deal aggregator.

This new concept has been around for less than a couple of years and is helping consumers manage all the deal data out there on the Internet. A daily deal aggregator acts like a search engine or a content specific portal and captures all the deals in one location, but there are a few other niceties in finding the right aggregator for you.

Deal Management: Aggregators pull deals from a number of deal sites and places them in a single location. Many of these sites place these in particular categories like; travel, restaurants, salon and spa, retail etc. So if you are looking for a restaurant deal say in Chicago, you pull up one of these aggregators and search in the food and wine category and BAM… you have a number of deals to consider. From there, the user is taken into the daily deal site promoting the particular deal and you can make a purchase. There is no registration needed for an aggregator but if you choose to, you will be provided deal updates via email for the cities and categories you wish. This allows the user to safely filter all of the emails received from the many deal sites without ever worrying about missing out on a killer promotion.

Customized Deal Flow: One of the great features of aggregators is the ability to filter out the deals that don’t fit your lifestyle. For example, if you are only interested in restaurant deals and don’t care for receiving updates on oil changes or hotel deals, then you just opt out of this category. By simple setting your preferences in the website, you will be able to maximize your deal-flow and minimize the amount of time searching for them.

Niche Content: Certain aggregators are now focusing on a targeted audience and provide reviews, suggestions and other advertisement that are relevant to the daily deal subscriber. In fact, some are going so far as providing a percentage of their profits to benefit different charities and causes for their target audience. It’s a very special and interesting concept that is providing the subscriber some vested interest in these aggregator sites.

The bottom line is that daily deals are not going away. Retailers, for the most part, like the economics and the benefits of finding new customers. The US economy is necessitating better pricing to motivate people to go out …

History of the Mobylette

History of the Mobylette

It was way back in 1949 when its manufacturer, Motobecane, introduced the first mobylette into the market. Motobecane, which name was derived from two colloquial words, namely, “moto” and “becane”, was a company based in France. The company’s primary business was the production of motorcycles, bicycles, and mopeds. The name of the company was in a way self-explanatory as “moto” is a colloquial word that stands for motorcycle while “becane” is a slang word for bike.

Since the first production of mobylettes in 1949, these mopeds had extensively gained popularity among bicycle and moped enthusiasts. In 1970, the popularity of these vehicles even soared into greater heights, causing its manufacturer to produce at least 750, 000 units of these vehicles every year. According to records, Motobecane had produced and sold around 14 million pieces of these mopeds to the public.

While the company’s scooters, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles were widely embraced by the public, Motobecane still met its demise sometime in the year 1981. It stopped its production of the famous mobylettes and filed for bankruptcy. Later, it was sold to Yamaha Motor Company Ltd., another manufacturer of mopeds and motorcycles. Until now, Yamaha is one of the key players of the moped and the motorcycle industry.

Yamaha reformed and reorganized Motobecane’s company systems in 1984 and named it MBK. Under its head, Pedro Alvarez, MBK picked up what Motobecane had left behind. The company revived the production of the mobylette vehicles and lifted them again into popularity.

Of the millions of mobylette bikes sold since their first launch in 1949, the la bleue model was one of the most in demand. This model got its name from the color of its initial versions, which were sold only in blue color.

When France experienced radical changes in economic and cultural aspects, the sales of the mobylettes plummeted down dramatically. The engines of these vehicles failed the vehicle emissions standards written under the new anti pollution legislation of EU. Likewise, most people, particularly teenagers, had already changed their preferences. Instead of the mopeds, which had been the mode of transportation for many farmers, postal carriers, and even lovers for many years, flashy and colorful scooters have now become the trend. These changes brought the end to the popularity of the mobylette vehicles. In November 2002, production of these vehicles was stopped.

The scooter has now taken the place of the mobylette in terms of popularity. Nevertheless, the mobylettes remain in the minds of those who have come to love them. These vehicles had enjoyed popularity for 48 years and have made millions of people happy during their good old days.

The mobylette vehicle has been given recognition when it was revived through the movie “Amelie” starred by actor Nino Quincampoix. In the movie, lead actor Nino was shown riding a mobylette through the streets of Paris. Aside from the movie, the memory of the once famous vehicle of France has been revived when it was featured on sets of stamps that …